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Japanese Bronze Rabbit on a Ball Riding the Waves

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Metalwork: Pre 1970: Item # 1195863

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Japanese Bronze Rabbit on a Ball Riding the Waves

Rabbits riding waves has been a popular motif in Japanese art often being depicted in art in the Edo Period (1600-1868). However, rabbits were often used in Japanese culture with references from Japan's oldest text, Kojiki, where Okuni nushi no Mikoto receives support from a rabbit residing in Inaba.

The association of water with rabbits is in reference of the five elements in Chinese Daoism. Rabbits are often associated with the moon and the moon is thought to be connected with water. Due to this association, this motif is often seen in tile roof decoration to counter the fire element and keep buildings from catching on fire.

Later different works done in stone and metal were produced and the motif became an auspicious one promoting good fortune and the ability to ride the waves of the times.

Age: 20th century. Showa Period.

Size: height: 7" width 3.5" length 10"

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